Donald R. Murphy

  • Born: February 7, 1928
  • Died: March 27, 2022
  • Location: Waltham, Massachusetts

Joyce Funeral Home

245 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02453
Tel. (781) 894-2895

Tribute & Message From The Family

Waltham - Mr. Donald R. Murphy, of Waltham, formerly of Arlington died Sunday, March 27, 2022 at Care Dimensions Hospice House in Lincoln. He was 94.

Don was born in Boston on February 7, 1928, a son of the late Richard and Anna (Mullen) Murphy. He lived in South Boston and in Dorchester and graduated from Boston Technical High School. During World War II he served with the United States Coast Guard.

Upon his return from the service he continued his studies at Bentley College at its downtown Boston location, now Bentley University in Waltham. On May 9, 1959 he married Mary Ann Cantalupo in Immaculate Conception Church in Medford. The pair made Arlington their home for forty-six years before moving to Waltham fifteen years ago.

Until his retirement Don worked more than thirty years as a systems analyst for the Arthur D. Little Company in Cambridge.

Don leaves his wife of sixty-two years, Mary Ann (Cantalupo) Murphy; his children, Diane C. Bono (Anthony) of Framingham and Brian R. Murphy of Boston and his sister, Mary Ellen Murphy of New Jersey.

He was also the brother of the late Ann 'Nancy' Riley and Richard Murphy.

Family and friends will honor and remember Don's life by gathering to visit on Wednesday morning, March 30th from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham before leaving in procession to Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church, 880 Trapelo Road, Waltham where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Feake Cemetery, Waltham.

Memorial donations may be made to Care Dimensions Hospice House, 125 Winter Street, Lincoln, MA 01773.


Condolence & Memory Journal

To: Maryanne,Diane ,Tony, Brian & Family.
Please let me start by saying how deeply saddened Liz & I are to hear the news of Don's passing! Your Dad and I have had many conversations over the years and I have to say was a true role model for so many of our drum corps family. To me he was a father figure, a man of integrity,class, passion,honesty(even when you didn't want to here it). A man of Faith and love. I could probably write a best seller on all the things we did growing up that you father would would raise an eyebrow with curiosity ! From our first DC trip to Poughkeepsie NY. to Montreal Canada ! There are so many wonderful memories. And do I dear mention his Sunday fashion statement!! Please let all these memories soften your hearts because I know I will. Love and peace to all.


Posted by DAVID POMPEY POMPEY - Marlborough, MA - Friend   March 30, 2022

My sincere condolences to the entire Murphy Family. I have enjoyed my friendship with Brian over the years and quite sad to hear of his father Donald. You are all in my prayers.


Posted by Joel Dube - Berwick, ME - Friend   March 29, 2022

Don was manager of the drum corps when I was drum major. Technically I was an adult, but still susceptible to the whims of youth, Don would always take me to task and hold me to high standards. I am forever thankful for his influence and guidance during those years, and for his steady leadership of a group that has been a source of friendship, pride and joy my entire life. I offer love and sympathy to Mary Ann, Diane, and Brian, for your loss. And, thanks for sharing Don with the rest of us. I wish you all peace.

Posted by Mark Ramos - Friend   March 28, 2022

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